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Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

There are 711 comments on the Northern Michigan News story from Aug 5, 2013, titled Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?. In it, Northern Michigan News reports that:

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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Joe

United States

#409 Sep 24, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
You should feel fortunate that I do not live in Philly, as I would make it my mission to find where you work and go on a campaign to see you fired, Joe.

It would not be hard. A few orchestrated complaints about you from multiple individuals, to your management and corporate. One less losers holding a position that could be held by someone with a future, instead of a worthless beggar.
You are perhaps one of the most deranged people I have encounter online. A sad individual with a foundation built on hatred. What you expouse is hatred, not a respectable conservative counterpoint.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#410 Sep 24, 2013
Eleanor wrote:
<quoted text>
Guess he was SMARTER than you.
He OWNED and operated a factory.
He can do whatever he wants with his factory.
Why aren't you able to achieve what your boss had achieved??
Do you think it was greed that inspired him to become successful??
What inspires you to be successful??
Success is not in their vocabulary. They are failures for a reason, and it is not because they cannot find gainful employment, nor that jobs were moved overseas. They are failures and will continue to be failures because they lack the motivation and perseverance to succeed in life. And so they will continue to; blame the successful for not sharing their success with them, keep their hands out to the productive in this country to support them, and absolve themselves of all blame.
Joe

Park Ridge, NJ

#411 Sep 24, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Success is not in their vocabulary. They are failures for a reason, and it is not because they cannot find gainful employment, nor that jobs were moved overseas. They are failures and will continue to be failures because they lack the motivation and perseverance to succeed in life. And so they will continue to; blame the successful for not sharing their success with them, keep their hands out to the productive in this country to support them, and absolve themselves of all blame.
You're lack of humanitarian morals shines through in equating "success" with greed.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#412 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
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You're lack of humanitarian morals shines through in equating "success" with greed.
lets be honest, poor people are ruining this country, they take resources from those that earned it, while they contribute nothing.
Joe

United States

#413 Sep 24, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>lets be honest, poor people are ruining this country, they take resources from those that earned it, while they contribute nothing.
You have it backwards. Income distribution is flowing up to the 1%, not trickling down to middle and lower-income workers. The 1% took in 20% of the nation's income in 2012.

The best way to redistribute income and save tax dollars is to create a living wage of $15/hour. If that doesn't happen public assistance programs will continue to grow. 15% of Americans live in poverty. While millions of formerly middle-income Americans -- myself included-- are receiving food stamps and other benefits. The jobs available simply don't pay enough and force millions into poverty and they become eligible for public assistance.

Like I said before, you have a choice. Help us obtain a living wage or watch public assistance programs grow.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#414 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You have it backwards. Income distribution is flowing up to the 1%, not trickling down to middle and lower-income workers. The 1% took in 20% of the nation's income in 2012.
The best way to redistribute income and save tax dollars is to create a living wage of $15/hour. If that doesn't happen public assistance programs will continue to grow. 15% of Americans live in poverty. While millions of formerly middle-income Americans -- myself included-- are receiving food stamps and other benefits. The jobs available simply don't pay enough and force millions into poverty and they become eligible for public assistance.
Like I said before, you have a choice. Help us obtain a living wage or watch public assistance programs grow.
Or......give you moochers a 90 day grace period, and when 90 days is up you have the choice to either work for aliving, move somewhere else, or die....your choice
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#415 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You're lack of humanitarian morals shines through in equating "success" with greed.
Your victim mentality shines through with your lack of personal responsibility for your own life.
Joe

United States

#416 Sep 24, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>Or......give you moochers a 90 day grace period, and when 90 days is up you have the choice to either work for aliving, move somewhere else, or die....your choice
I do work for a living. But my wages are too low to get ahead in life. Millions are in the same place. Are you just another rich elitist who hates the poor?
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#417 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You are perhaps one of the most deranged people I have encounter online. A sad individual with a foundation built on hatred. What you expouse is hatred, not a respectable conservative counterpoint.
I don't hate you Joe. I hate what you stand for. You confuse hatred with frustration that I and those like me have to unwillingly support the flotsam and jetsam in this country. You seem to discount the fact that the money earn by me is best spent by me. Not given to one who will not earn their own, is unappreciative of what they get via charity (food stamps, welfare and the like) from the productive, and feels entitled to everything that those who are productive had to "EARN" before receiving.

You accusations of hatred, lack of humanity and the like are nothing more that camouflage for your failures and your unwillingness to take responsibility for your own life.

Keep your hand out.
Joe

United States

#418 Sep 24, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Your victim mentality shines through with your lack of personal responsibility for your own life.
I am a victim of greed.

I have personal responsibility. I show up to work on time sober and aware.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#419 Sep 24, 2013
Joe is like the Bum on the street corner with a cup, demanding that passerby's give him money and chastising those who will not.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#420 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
I do work for a living. But my wages are too low to get ahead in life. Millions are in the same place. Are you just another rich elitist who hates the poor?
nope, I work for a living too, been getting up early in the morning since June of 1965, paying taxes and SS for all those years, and I see people sitting on their porch waiting on their check, and checking out of grocery stores with EBT cards, getting better food that I can afford, and getting in their big rimmed cars parked in the handicapped spaces, despite the fact they are not handicapped, unless obesity is a handicap. Sick of it, and lots of other people are too. Dems take from achievers, and give to non achievers, just for their vote. and now, finally, the non taxpayers outnumber and outvote the taxpayers....bad things are gonna happen fast, and its the fault of dems and their entitlements to non achievers.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#421 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You have it backwards. Income distribution is flowing up to the 1%, not trickling down to middle and lower-income workers. The 1% took in 20% of the nation's income in 2012.
The best way to redistribute income and save tax dollars is to create a living wage of $15/hour. If that doesn't happen public assistance programs will continue to grow. 15% of Americans live in poverty. While millions of formerly middle-income Americans -- myself included-- are receiving food stamps and other benefits. The jobs available simply don't pay enough and force millions into poverty and they become eligible for public assistance.
Like I said before, you have a choice. Help us obtain a living wage or watch public assistance programs grow.
Public assistance CANNOT GROW. The government is broke!!!
Joe

United States

#422 Sep 24, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>I don't hate you Joe. I hate what you stand for. You confuse hatred with frustration that I and those like me have to unwillingly support the flotsam and jetsam in this country. You seem to discount the fact that the money earn by me is best spent by me. Not given to one who will not earn their own, is unappreciative of what they get via charity (food stamps, welfare and the like) from the productive, and feels entitled to everything that those who are productive had to "EARN" before receiving.

You accusations of hatred, lack of humanity and the like are nothing more that camouflage for your failures and your unwillingness to take responsibility for your own life.

Keep your hand out.
You're delusional and exaggerate your tax burden. You act if your writing a $10,000 check to me or anyone else receiving public assistance every year. At most, probably $1 or $2 from your taxes ( and mine) go toward public assistance programs. But you still complain and mock the working poor.
Joe

United States

#423 Sep 24, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>nope, I work for a living too, been getting up early in the morning since June of 1965, paying taxes and SS for all those years, and I see people sitting on their porch waiting on their check, and checking out of grocery stores with EBT cards, getting better food that I can afford, and getting in their big rimmed cars parked in the handicapped spaces, despite the fact they are not handicapped, unless obesity is a handicap. Sick of it, and lots of other people are too. Dems take from achievers, and give to non achievers, just for their vote. and now, finally, the non taxpayers outnumber and outvote the taxpayers....bad things are gonna happen fast, and its the fault of dems and their entitlements to non achievers.
The maximum monthly food stamp benefit is $200, and that doesn't go very far at the supermarket.

And what is an "achiever"? Just another code for "I got mine, screw everyone else"???? Well, if that's the case, we're working to fix that. Of course there are always pockets of resistance, but they're on the losing end of history.
Joe

United States

#424 Sep 24, 2013
Eleanor wrote:
<quoted text>Public assistance CANNOT GROW. The government is broke!!!
Liar.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#426 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a victim of greed.
I have personal responsibility. I show up to work on time sober and aware.
You are a victim of your own doing. This is just one area in which you lack personal responsibility.

The fact that you believe personal responsibility starts and stops with showing up for work sober, is just another testament as to why you are a failure.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#427 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You're delusional and exaggerate your tax burden. You act if your writing a $10,000 check to me or anyone else receiving public assistance every year. At most, probably $1 or $2 from your taxes ( and mine) go toward public assistance programs. But you still complain and mock the working poor.
Regardless if it is $2 or $2000, why are my earnings better spent on one who will not earn their own, rather than on myself .. I earned it, you did not.

Again Joe, any federal taxes you pay you get back at the end of the year .. most likely more than you paid, so please to attempt to tell us that you are a taxpayer. Yes we know you pay sales tax and the like but these are not the taxes which subsidize your existence.

PARASITE
an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.

This would be you Joe.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#428 Sep 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
I do work for a living. But my wages are too low to get ahead in life. Millions are in the same place. Are you just another rich elitist who hates the poor?
If your aspirations and or "potential" is pushing a broom or flipping burgers, you "will not" get ahead in life.

Your posts exemplify why the best you can do is flipping burgers.
Joe

Park Ridge, NJ

#429 Sep 24, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Regardless if it is $2 or $2000, why are my earnings better spent on one who will not earn their own, rather than on myself .. I earned it, you did not.

Again Joe, any federal taxes you pay you get back at the end of the year .. most likely more than you paid, so please to attempt to tell us that you are a taxpayer. Yes we know you pay sales tax and the like but these are not the taxes which subsidize your existence.

PARASITE
an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.

This would be you Joe.
The EITC was developed by conservative GOPers in the 1970's. The goal was to promote work, help alleviate poverty and provide local economic stimulus. It is one of the most successful pieces of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law.

How anyone could oppose the EITC is beyond me. But I can assure you I earned my tax credit. And as long as I don't receive a living wage I will be eligible for an EITC.

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